Safety Tips For Hiking With Your Dachshund
Let’s take a look at some easy ways we can prepare for our doxie hike. Some basic things you can do ahead of time include:
- Weather Check
- Test The Trail
- Pack The Essentials
Check the weather ahead of time to avoid getting caught in the rain. In the hot summer, avoid hiking during peak time (9 am – 4 pm).
Fall is my absolute favorite time to go hiking with my dachshunds, Eko and Bastian. The weather is cool and the ground is dry, perfect for a comfortable hike.
I don’t usually hike during the winter to avoid icy trails. If you do go hiking in the winter, make sure your doxie is bundled up.
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Test The Trail
First, test out the trail without your dachshund. That way, you can check the trail for sharp debris, any uphill climbs, deep water sources, and you can get a feel for the amount of foot traffic passing through.
Flat, smooth trails work well for me and my dachshunds. I hike for enjoyment, not really to get out of breath, so I keep it pretty easy going.
Don’t let your dachshund climb over sharp, jagged, rocks. Their little legs and low hanging bellies can really get scratched up easily if you aren’t careful.
Climbing up hills is a nice way to strengthen your dachshund’s muscles, but don’t let them over-do-it, since they are prone to back issues.
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